Elizabeth Murphy (left) was sentenced to 5 years hard labour for stealing an umbrella and Mary Richards was jailed for 5 years for stealing 130 oysters. Harsh justice in Victorian times!

Dorothea Puente was abandoned as an infant & raised in an orphanage. Over the next 40 years, she married 4 times & gave birth to a daughter, whom she immediately put up for adoption. At the age of 53, she was sent to prison for drugging old men & stealing their money. Released in '85, she opened a rooming house for elderly people on fixed incomes. Over the next 2 years, close to 25 of her boarders disappeared. Police found seven corpses on her premises. She was sentenced to life in prison.

Vintage bad girl mugshots. THIS IS AWESOME! 23 different mug shots. Love it. Thanks, @rivolta ! :)

Prostitute, 1860s.

Clyde Barrow, one half of the notorious gangster duo Bonnie and Clyde, is shown as a teenager in a Dec. 3, 1926, mug shot from the Dallas Police Department files. He was charged with auto theft, but according to later records the indictment was dismissed.

Mugshot 1930's, Her alleged crime is being a lesbian.

A mugshot of fortune-telling women, New York, 1943.

victorian couple on a tandem bicycle. c.1890s

Orphaned street children

Marie Curie was a woman before her time. Born in 1867, in Poland, she was a genius in physics and in chemistry; she is the first woman ever to receive a Nobel Prize and the only woman in history to receive two Nobel Prizes.

A soiled dove, indeed.

A New Orleans woman and the child she held in slavery, 1850

June 11th, 1963: Martin Luther King Jr. is arrested in Florida for attempting to integrate restaurants.

Sarah Gardner, in an insane asylum. Diagnosis: Insanity caused by anxiety. Women could find themselves labelled insane and locked up in madhouses for a range of conditions – from postnatal depression to anxiety to alcoholism or senile dementia, and even for social transgressions such as infidelity (‘moral insanity’).

“Mad as a hatter” In 18th and 19th century England mercury was used in the production of felt, which was used in the manufacturing of hats common of the time. People who worked in these hat factories were exposed daily to trace amounts of the metal, which accumulated within their bodies over time, causing some workers to develop dementia caused by mercury poisoning. Thus the phrase “Mad as a Hatter” became popular as a way to refer to someone who was perceived as insane.

Olive Oatman, first known tattooed white woman in the U.S. ~ Oatman was 13 when she travelled from Illinois to California with her Mormon family. On the journey, the family were ambushed by a Native American tribe, who killed all but Olive, her sister (who lated died of starvation) and her brother (who escaped). After being sold to another tribe, as a slave, she was tattooed and taken in as "one of their own". She was 'rescued' 5 years later.

Amazing what wonders surface on the internet. Recently we came across these incredible images of women of color from the Victorian era (mainly from 1860 to 1901) on Downtown LA life. Not much is kn...

1858 – She refused to give up her seat or ride in the “colored” section of a segregated trolley car in Philadelphia (100 years before Rosa Parks) and wrote one her most famous poems, “Bury Me In A Free Land,” when she got very sick while on a lecturing tour. Her short story “The Two Offers” became the first short story to be published by an African American.